Finally…4-3 Confirmed

Posted: January 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 88 Comments »

We knew the Eagles were going to run an attacking 4-3 under Jim Schwartz, but for some reason, the Eagles did not want to commit to that publicly.

Until now.

Schwartz went on 94.1 and talked about the defense. Jimmy Bama has the details.

Angelo Cataldi: You will change the scheme, Jim. Everybody assumes you’ll go more to a 4-3. Is that safe to say?

Jim Schwartz: Um, yeah, for sure. We’re not gonna be a two-gap 3-4. I want those defensive lineman to be attacking. I want those guys to be creating and wreaking some havoc and putting pressure on the quarterback. They’re not gonna be playing at the line of scrimmage and grabbing guys and trying to keep the linebackers clean. I think we have some good guys up front. We can take the handcuffs off of them a little bit and get some more production out of them.

It is finally good to have a coach state this publicly.

I am excited to have the 4-3 back in Philly.

No more reading. No more reacting. Just attacking.


The Eagles signed OT Lane Johnson to a new deal that will keep him an Eagle until the sun expands and destroys the Earth.

It is good to have Johnson locked up for the long haul. He is the RT now, but will take over at LT when Jason Peters is finally done. Johnson has not yet become a dominant blocker, but he has developed into an above average starter and still has potential to get better. It will be interesting to see if the new offense brings out the best in him.

The Eagles have now done new deals with Zach Ertz, Brent Celek and Johnson. And they aren’t done yet.

Yes, please.


I need to do some research before commenting on the update in regard to the personnel job.


Now for Senior Bowl stuff. Notes from Day 3.



I’ll write up a summation of the Senior Bowl week over the weekend.


While we were down in Mobile, Jimmy Bama caught up with Georgia LB Jordan Jenkins to ask him about new Eagles DL coach Chris Wilson.

“He’s one of the craziest coaches I know,” said OLB Jordan Jenkins, whose face lit up when Wilson’s name was mentioned during an interview with PhillyVoice at the Senior Bowl. “He just gets after it. His coaching style is that if you’re not playing up to par he’s going to let you know. He enjoys the game of football and loves pass rushing. He’s crazy.”

Sounds like a lot of DL coaches. Those guys love getting to the QB.

Wilson sounds like a really good hire, based on his successful track record. The only real concern I’ve got is the fact he switched jobs so often. He won’t be making those kind of moves at the NFL level. He’s under contract and can’t leave for another NFL job unless it involves a promotion. He could go back to college, but that wouldn’t make sense unless someone paid him a boatload of money. And colleges rarely pay as well as the pros. Wilson will likely be here as long as he keeps producing good D-linemen.


88 Comments on “Finally…4-3 Confirmed”

  1. 1 Media Mike said at 8:10 PM on January 29th, 2016:



    3-4 sucks

  2. 2 A Roy said at 9:53 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    Actually, the 3-4 works pretty well when 1) you don’t 2 – gap it but attack and 2) you have the right personnel for OLB and SS.

  3. 3 Weapon Y said at 10:26 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Bill Belichick, Nick Saban, Bill Parcells, and Dick LeBeau would like a word with you

  4. 4 Media Mike said at 10:37 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    They can all polish Bud Carson’s and the 91 Eagles’ knob.

  5. 5 P_P_K said at 8:11 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    Jim Schwartz is The Man.

  6. 6 Media Mike said at 8:12 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    And Billy Davis is not.

  7. 7 Flyin said at 8:19 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    For the 1st time, in a long time, I feel the Eagles D will be fun to watch on a consistent basis. RIP Jim Johnson. May the newly acquired Jim make you proud!

  8. 8 Weapon Y said at 10:28 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    He’s an excellent coordinator. I’m a 3-4 guy but I care more about how good the coach is than what the scheme is. I’m excited to see our front seven with Schwartz.

  9. 9 Insomniac said at 8:15 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    Is Wilson our new Azzinaro?

  10. 10 Flyin said at 8:31 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    Azz who?

  11. 11 Media Mike said at 8:33 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    Azz hole?

  12. 12 Insomniac said at 8:19 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    After reading Tommy’s notes, I’m going to have to go look at Jay Lee sometime soon.

  13. 13 Media Mike said at 8:20 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    How about tomorrow at 1:30 when the game is on?

  14. 14 Insomniac said at 6:33 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    True but the Senior Bowls have been so boring and one sided lately that I might not want to watch.

  15. 15 Media Mike said at 7:19 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    But there is still scouting you can do on every snap. No such luck in the pro bowl.

  16. 16 A_T_G said at 8:46 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    I think I heard something about his wife getting him a big, fancy watch for his birthday.

  17. 17 A_T_G said at 8:48 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    If cheesesteaks are ever off-topic, then I guess this is off-topic, but awesome nonetheless.

  18. 18 Dude said at 3:34 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    The comments on that article are even awesomer.

  19. 19 RC5000 said at 8:53 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    Only 9 other TEs have been more productive than Zach Ertz in their first 3 years according to this podcast. Including Ditka, Gronk, Gates, Graham, Witten, Kellen Winslow Sr., Kellen Winslow, Jr. at 6:35 mark. Don’t know if that’s yards or what.

  20. 20 Mr. Magee said at 8:57 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    The 4 – 3 confirmation from Schwartz conflicts with stuff I’ve read / heard elsewhere… Not saying it’s not true or that I don’t like the move, just that it calls into question consistency of communication from Eagles’ coaches

  21. 21 Flyin said at 9:10 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    I agree. The old/new coaches are sabotaging the new regime.

  22. 22 Charlie Kelly said at 9:26 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    how so?

  23. 23 A_T_G said at 9:48 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    I’d be interested to see this conflicting stuff.

  24. 24 Cafone said at 10:20 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    I’d say your other sources were probably wrong. With everything that’s been written/said about Jim Schwartz, how would you think he’s coming here to run a 3-4? That’s not what he does.

  25. 25 Flyin said at 9:07 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    Tommy’s state of mind…

  26. 26 MagSaysWHAAT? said at 9:15 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    ‘No more reading. No more reacting. Just attacking.”
    Strange. This behaviour has been considered a huge negative in the career of Kendricks. And maybe Kiko.

  27. 27 RobNE said at 10:06 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    They don’t play on the DL

  28. 28 Charlie Kelly said at 9:27 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    When they sign curry ill feel real good about the direction of the team.

    This is what howie can do, re-upping with good draft picks !

  29. 29 Kelce's Beard 2.0 said at 9:35 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    hey y’all, I did this research & post over on 24/7, but figured I’d share here as well; I know many of you all have very different opinions on some of these players. Curious who you would sign or not.

    Seeing as how seemingly every new hire has some tie to either Philly or one of our players from many moons ago, I began to wonder if we may follow a similar track in FA — stick with some guys our new staff are familiar with from their past:
    Pederson (kc), Reich (sd, specifically offense), Schwartz (buf)

    thus, a quick look at some free agents:
    Ron Brooks, CB, buf: just finished rookie contract in buffalo, was there in ’14 with schwartz. he has no intention of returning; gilmore and darby have starting spots locked down. also he’s crazy fast.
    Nigel Bradham, OLB, buf: same deal; coming off rookie deal. been starter there for 2 years, and his best year was in ’14 under schwartz. he was their WILL, is 6’2 240. maybe if barwin goes?
    Mario Willi—– no, never mind. not going there.
    Corey Graham, S, buf: could be an option if BUF cuts him for cap savings.

    Joe Barksdale, RT, sd: was their only healthy OL all year, played on a 1yr minimum deal; even switched to LT when needed. just turned 28.
    Kellen Clemens, QB, sd: i have been drinking.
    Eric Weddle, S, sd: don’t think he’ll be cheap

    Jason Avant, WR, kc: because family!
    Chase Daniel, QB, kc: the Chase and Kellen show!
    Jeff Allen, G, kc: ladies and gentlemen, your new starting LG

  30. 30 laeagle said at 11:18 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    These kind of posts are great. I would actually be surprised if at least one of these guys are not signed. Or others in the same situation.

    Thanks for doing the research!

  31. 31 Media Mike said at 7:21 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Outside of me really not liking what a team actually gets from Weddle vs. what Weddle thinks he worth, I like the list.

  32. 32 Shiggi said at 8:19 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    >Mario Williams

    Jask is that you?? Lol

  33. 33 Weapon Y said at 10:37 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Graham and Barksdale make a lot of sense. Barksdale would mean we’re moving on from Peters which might be necessary for cap reasons and the fact that he gets hurt every game. Daniel makes sense even if we keep Bradford because he could replace the Sanchize. I don’t know if that’s really an upgrade but whatever. If we don’t keep Bradford (I say we should for about $18M), then he’s Doug Pederson 2.0.

  34. 34 Dragon_Eagle said at 9:50 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    Jim Schwartz. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So why was this guy out of football for a year?

  35. 35 Fufina said at 9:56 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    Because he was being picky about his next role and still a little bit tainted from his period in Detroit where lets be honest both he and his team were a bit out of control at times.

  36. 36 Anders said at 1:22 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    I think more the first then the 2nd, because how on earth does Rob Ryan still get DC jobs? Jim Caldwell is still a HC, Jeff Fischer is still a HC?

  37. 37 Cafone said at 10:16 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    The last thing I expected when they fired Chip Kelly was a white guy signing spree.

  38. 38 Cafone said at 10:28 PM on January 29th, 2016:

    There’s been a lot of talk about the defense being tired because of the fast paced 3-and-outs by the offense. I wonder if this was exasperated even more for the lineman by playing in a 2-gap 3-4. I bet blocking an offensive lineman double team every down is exhausting.

  39. 39 b3nz0z said at 1:12 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    i know that for OL it’s more exhausting to pass block than to block downhill. i’d assume it’s the same for the DL (obviously in reverse).

  40. 40 ACViking said at 10:32 PM on January 29th, 2016:


    Welcome home.

    Hope you enjoyed the Senior bowl practices as much as we’ve enjoyed your scouting notes.

    Fantastic work.

  41. 41 BobSmith77 said at 12:26 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Hopefully this marks the return of the Eagles’ defense into . . .

  42. 42 Media Mike said at 7:27 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    We need some real bad dudes; like these guys.

  43. 43 Dave said at 10:35 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    How the hell is Eric Allen not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Travesty!

  44. 44 Tdoteaglefan said at 11:30 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Yup! This pic was my screensaver and avatar on another site for a while

  45. 45 ChoTime said at 5:11 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    That picture gives me chills and makes me want to snicker at the same time.

  46. 46 Anders said at 1:28 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    I know people want an OL or QB at 13, but do not tell me adding a talent as Noah Spence to this DL wouldnt be fun to watch?

  47. 47 Cafone said at 2:26 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    I’m all for best player available. In three years the pick will be judged by talent, not by what we thought was a position of need three years previously.

  48. 48 anon said at 3:05 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    St. Louis isn’t a good football team, neither is houston reall.

  49. 49 Anders said at 7:20 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    What do those teams have to do with Noah Spence?

    You do not take Spence if he is rated below an OL, but you do not reach for an OL if you have a guy like Spence higher.

  50. 50 Insomniac said at 4:42 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    If we trade down then I wouldn’t mind.

  51. 51 Media Mike said at 7:25 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    I wouldn’t have fun waiting for a 4 game suspension to be potentially associated with his name every time I read a story about him. I’m very leery of adding a crackhead.

  52. 52 Media Mike said at 7:26 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    But I generally agree with looking at adding talent everything. I’m just not sure I like anybody at 13 as talented enough other than Tunsil, Stanley, Goff, or Wentz. Otherwise I’d prefer a trade down.

  53. 53 Anders said at 7:36 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    I havnt followed the draft enough to know if Spence is worth it at 13. If he blows up the combine and comes away well from interviews, good chance he is BPA together with guys like Decker, Treadwell

  54. 54 Media Mike said at 7:40 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    I’d go Treadwell – trade down – trade down – Spence – forfeit pick 13 – Decker

    in ranking those 3 guys.

  55. 55 kajomo said at 10:22 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Mackensie alexander is going to be a superstar. I’d take him top 1@ in a heartbeat. All the top teams seem to have top talent at CB

  56. 56 Cafone said at 2:36 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Is Schwartz going to make faces behind Pederson’s back like Washburn did with Castillo?

  57. 57 Insomniac said at 6:26 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Howie has been hit and miss, so he’s just like…..every GM in the league! I still cringe at the fact that we could have traded up for Dion Jordan because of Chip Kelly.

  58. 58 A_T_G said at 10:45 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    I forgot all about him (understandably), any word on Dion heading to SF yet?

  59. 59 BlindChow said at 10:46 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    He has to be reinstated first…

  60. 60 BlindChow said at 10:49 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    The Eagles had no reason to trade up. No one expected Miami to trade up to 3 to get Jordan. If anything, the when the trade was announced the assumption was that it was for Johnson.

  61. 61 Mac said at 11:34 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    I jumped up and down with joy when Miami took Dion Jordan. Lane was my top prospect in that draft class, and I was thrilled that we got him.

  62. 62 Cafone said at 11:40 AM on January 30th, 2016:


    He was the OT with the most upside of the three, and it seems as if he’s turned out to be the best pro of the three.

  63. 63 Insomniac said at 1:40 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    In hindsight, we would have had to trade up. Glad we didn’t.

  64. 64 Cafone said at 11:30 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    You mean if Miami hadn’t traded up and taken Dion Jordan, Chip probably would have taken him at 4.

  65. 65 Media Mike said at 7:39 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    A draft where one of my 4 got to us at 13:

    Round 1 Pick 13: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (A)
    Round 3 Pick 14: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn (A)
    Round 3 Pick 16: Vonn Bell, SS, Ohio State (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 15: Max Tuerk, C/OG, Southern California (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 14: Deiondre’ Hall, CB, Northern Iowa (A)
    Round 5 Pick 23: Jordan Williams, WR, Ball State (A-)
    Round 6 Pick 13: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska (A+)
    Round 7 Pick 12: Aaron Green, RB, TCU (A+)
    Round 7 Pick 30: Terrance Smith, OLB, Florida State (A-)

  66. 66 Media Mike said at 7:52 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    And here is one where my guys weren’t there at 13

    Round 1 Pick 17 (ATL): Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson (A)
    Round 2 Pick 19 (ATL): Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 14: Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU (A)
    Round 3 Pick 16: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 15: Max Tuerk, C/OG, Southern California (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 14: Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 23: Jake Coker, QB, Alabama (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 13: Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn (B+)
    Round 7 Pick 12: Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford (A-)
    Round 7 Pick 30: Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State (A+)

  67. 67 truehaynes said at 12:48 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    I like tuerk but he’s so tall and not to thick. Worried about him in the trenches

  68. 68 Media Mike said at 12:53 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    Couldn’t be any worse that what Kelce is doing in there at center now. I think we need to line up our next center sooner rather than later.

  69. 69 truehaynes said at 1:13 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    Very true. Not a fan of kelce either

  70. 70 jshort said at 8:20 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Something for you draft heads to check out.

  71. 71 Anders said at 8:34 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    problem is they aint splitting up ILBs and OLBs across scheme, so they get us an ILB, despite it been 4 deep on the team

  72. 72 Insomniac said at 8:54 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    The problem is that we passed up Ronnie Stanley for Reggie Ragland.

  73. 73 Media Mike said at 10:39 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    I’d put a brick through the TV if we passed Stanley for somebody on the rag.

  74. 74 Insomniac said at 8:54 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Once again I’m seeing some Niners fan that have 0 clue about this team.

  75. 75 Media Mike said at 10:38 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Embarrassing. Tunsil drops to 5? We pass Stanley?

  76. 76 truehaynes said at 12:47 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    Cool approach. Absolute bullshit draft.

  77. 77 anon said at 11:09 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer does not believe Robert Griffin III or Johnny Manziel will join Dallas this offseason.

  78. 78 scratcherk said at 11:53 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    No idea why rg3 would want to go to Dallas and be a backup again

  79. 79 Media Mike said at 12:17 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    Exactly. He can go to Cleveland and be the starter.

  80. 80 anon said at 8:07 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    is dallas close to where he went to college?

  81. 81 Media Mike said at 12:17 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    We’ll see about Manziel. But I know RG3 will be starting in Cleveland.

  82. 82 anon said at 11:11 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Rams GM Les Snead said restricted free agent QB Case Keenum will be back with the team next season.

    “We’re not going to let him go somewhere else,” Snead said. Coach Jeff Fisher admitted as much when he said Keenum would head into the offseason as the starter.

  83. 83 Fufina said at 11:20 AM on January 30th, 2016:

    Foles 2016 is happening man! I feel it in the force.

  84. 84 ChoTime said at 5:14 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    I would bring him back for a look if he is released. Is him being released on the table?

  85. 85 anon said at 8:06 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    they can get out of his deal basically if they make a move before march. He might be better than sanchez, don’t know if he’d be cheaper.

  86. 86 Tumtum said at 12:58 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    So honest question, haven’t been paying tons of attention.

    I see Chris Wilson i sthe D line coach now. What happened to Rory?

  87. 87 Joe Minx said at 2:01 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    Either the initial report was wrong or perhaps he received financial incentive to change his mind.

    Or somebody might have just read TATE.

  88. 88 D3FB said at 4:44 PM on January 30th, 2016:

    Rory stayed at Arkansas. Either he was just leveraging the Eagles for a raise or he was never more than a rumor we may never know.

    All for the best. Wilson has a much stronger track record.